Recology San Bruno Special Newsletter

China Tightens Recycling Import Rules

We have all seen the pictures of cities in China with air pollution so bad that citizens have resorted to wearing masks. To help improve the environment, the Chinese government recently implemented new rules severely restricting the import of recycled plastics and recycled paper.

With the paper mill industry declining in the US, we have been shipping much of our baled paper to China, where high-quality recycling is made into products, such as cereal boxes and shipping cartons.

Historically, China has accepted up to 5% impurities in bales of recycled materials. Now, China will only accept bales containing less than 0.5% of those impurities. It is a significant change that will be challenging to meet.

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